Left home alone, and relishing the solitude

NEIGHBORS

August 19, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

I'm a temporary widow. My husband and nephew have gone on vacation to Milwaukee with several thousand other table-top gamers. I miss them both dreadfully, even as I take advantage of their absence. I've lingered in craft stores, read murder mysteries into the early hours of the morning, eaten cookies in bed.

There's a delicious naughtiness to all of this: the decadent self-indulgence of chocolate ice cream for breakfast and using all the hot water. I am not wife nor materfamilias for a few days. Not for the world would I want these privileged times to last -- I miss the companionship already -- but oh, while these times are upon me, what wicked fun!

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The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society Of America has elected Catherine B. Campbell second vice president of the chapter. Congratulations on reaching this responsible post!

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This Sunday is the summer blowout concert at Fort Meade. In honor of this grand finale, the program features the combined talents of the U.S. Army Field Band, the "Soldier's Chorus" and America's First Army Band playing selections from the 1812 Overture.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of the old Officer's Club on Mapes Road. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this outdoor concert, but no money, since the concert and the parking are free. If it's raining, the concert will be canceled. Let's pray for sunny skies on Sunday.

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The La Leche League of Savage/North Laurel holds its next meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Savage Branch Library at 10:15 a.m. All expectant and nursing mothers are welcome. This month's topic is "Why Breast-feed Your Baby?" with current La Leche members. It's also a good way to meet other mothers of infants for support and friendship.

While at the library check out the toy selection in the children's section and the parenting kits the library has assembled for our convenience. Also note the proud boast that kids enrolled in the summer reading games have read more than 20,000 books this summer!

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Without getting into statistics more suited to the front page and commentary more appropriate to the editorial section, we all can agree that domestic violence is wrong. The Domestic Violence center of Howard County provides a safe shelter to the victims, and post-crisis help to get victims back on their feet.

The center has come up with a novel fund-raising plan: shared garage sales. Here's how it works: You sort all the outgrown and little-used stuff cluttering up the house, (tools, toys, children's clothing, gym equipment) hold a yard sale on Oct. 1 (rain date, Oct. 8) and split the proceeds with the center.

The center's goal is to remind residents of the reality of domestic violence by having hundreds of families hold sales on the same day. The money is nice too.

For those of us holding sales, this is a great way to clear out the house. And, since there will be many yard sales that day, more buyers will come. I plan to leave my brood to manage the sale, while I go looking for items I need (I'm always looking for the older plastic holly Christmas garland) among my neighbors.

If you were planning a yard sale anyway, how about postponing it for a few weeks for a good cause? A frightened child will thank you.

For more details about the yard sales, or programs that the center offers, call the Domestic Violence Center at (410) 997-0304.

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My candidate for most annoying children's song is "B-I-N-G-O," an annoyingly repetitive, but educational ditty that sticks in your mind like peanut butter in your mouth. Which reminds me that the Savage Volunteer Fire Company holds weekely bingo games in its social hall every Thursday night. Come test your luck and memory against the caller.

There are 28 games offered per night, starting at 7:15 p.m. There are delicious refreshments available, and scheduled smoking breaks are planned. The night's profits go to the Fire Company's equipment fund. For more information, call (301) 776-0024. The fire hall's address is 8925 Lincoln St. in Savage.

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Mark your calendars for Sept. 10 when, in honor of Grandparents Day, the Forest Ridge Recreation Center hosts a picnic. The center provides food, games and activities, while you bring a smile and honored elders.

The fun begins at noon and lasts two hours. The cost is $3 per person, with a family maximum of $12. Call Brian Emelson, the site director for more information at (410) 880-5855 for details.

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Cheryl Ramsey, of the Drama Learning Center, will be offering xTC class in drama for kindergartners through second graders beginning Sept. 14 at the Forest Ridge Recreation Center.

The classes culminate with a performance Nov. 5 at the Drama Learning Center in Jessup. The 90-minute classes are held for six Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14 at 4:30. Call Brian Emelson for more details at (410) 880-5855, or see the Department of Parks and Recreation brochures for registration forms. The cost is $50 for the sessions.

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